Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Ultimate Sports Weekend Bust

This past weekend was not pretty for the marketing geniuses of the Sabres. Both the Sabres and the Bandits ruined the weekend for the fans by each dropping their games. The Sabres dropped the ball against the Leafs 4-1. While I only watched the last period of that game, the effort that I saw from that team was the same effort that I saw when the team was in the multi-game losing streak. They lost their passion and they lost their heart. The Goose's Roost was right, this team needs heart and they need it now if they want to make the playoffs. This team has 7 games left all against division foes and are three points back of the final playoff spot. The Sabres are .500 against the division and need to play out of their mind to make the 92 point mark (5-1-1 to be exact). Tonight's game against the Senators will be the true thermometer of the team. The effort and the passion of the team will determine whether this team will make the playoffs.

The Bandits ran into their nemsis of this season, the Toronto Rock. The Rock just put together an effort that just could not seem to matched on the offensive side of the ball winning the game 13-8. The lone bright spot of the game was Kenny Montour who only allowed 12 goals on 52 shots, making save after save trying to keep this team in the game. The offense just could not put the effort together, scoring on their first two shots and then only scoring 6 more times on 45 shots. My main question with this team would be why did we allow the Rock continue to setup and let their defense set instead of using the run and gun which seemed to work in the first minute of the game. The Rock probably have the best defense in the game if they are allowed to set. Their transition game looks very weak and the Bandits should have capitalized on that instead of continuing to try and work the ball in feebly. Their next game will come against the struggling Colorado Mammoth who have lost 4 of their last 5. Both teams are off this week, but the Mammoth face the Knighthawks on that Thursday in Colorado.

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